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   Re: Omitted selector in CSS2 rulesets

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  • From: Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>
  • To: abrahams@acm.org
  • Date: Tue, 25 May 1999 14:18:09 +0200

abrahams@acm.org wrote:
> The core syntax of CSS2 (Sec. 4.1.1 of the spec) specifies that the
> selector in a ruleset is optional.  The syntax in Appendix D says the
> same thing, but more elaborately.   Can anyone explain the rationale
> behind making the selector optional, or what the effect is of a ruleset
> without a selector?

These two rules are identical in effect, one has no selector:

* { font-family: Garamond }
{ font-family: Garamond }

Think of the selector as a filter, that screens out non-matching
elements. If there is no selector, all elements are matched.


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